Joining movement for higher wages, some Philly fast-food workers go on strike

Photo: Debbie Isser

Photo: Debbie Isser

By Elizabeth Fielder – Newsworks WHYY

Workers took a break from flipping burgers, bagging donuts and cooking french fries in Philadelphia Thursday to take part in an international movement for better wages.

About 150 people, including 30 striking Philly fast-food workers, gathered outside a Center City McDonald’s.

The fast-food employees and their supporters marched down Broad Street to the McDonald’s at Broad and Arch to call for higher wages.

Dunkin’ Donuts employee Crystal Lopez of North Philadelphia admitted she was nervous about going on strike.

“I’m trying to fight for 15 [dollars an hour] and a union because $7.45 is not enough. It’s very low,” she said. “My mother is very sick.”
What she earns is not enough to help support her ill mother and her 11-year old brother, Lopez said.

She said her brother already wants to work because he hears her mother crying at night about struggling to pay the bills.

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